2 fishermen rescued, 2 more missing

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


TWO fishermen were rescued by members of the Pontevedra Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office along the town’s coastal area Tuesday morning after they were wounded at sea due to strong waves brought about Typhoon Glenda.

In Himamaylan City, two fishermen were also reported missing after theirthey failed to return home since Monday.

Rescued were Rodgie Sibunga, 32, and Noli Espinosa, 49, both residents of Purok Mabulo, Barangay San Juan, Provincial Disaster Management Team (PDMT) weather forecaster Dave Cuajao said.

He also identified the two missing fishermen as Magbanua brothers Soysoy, 18, and Jun-Jun, 20, both residents of Barangay Suay, Himamaylan City.

Cuajao said the MDRRMO of Pontevedra was informed around 11 a.m. Tuesday that a capsized pump boat was seen along the coastline.

The rescued fishermen were brought to the Pontevedra Health Center and are now in stable condition.

Meanwhile, the Himamaylan City Risk Reduction and Management Office said Mila Magbanua reported to their office her two children went fishing at about 4 a.m. on Monday but failed to return until Tuesday.

She said the two brothers were on board a blue and white vessel.

Moreover, Cuajao said that although there is no storm signal in Negros Occidental, fishermen should still refrain from fishing activities.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 16, 2014.

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